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Great Scottish Run Half Marathon and 10K 2015


Great Scottish Run 10K 2015 - October 4 2015

 Position (8378)Gender PositionCategoryCategory PositionTime
Melissa McConnell2157437FV405900:53:00
Annette Davison36871160FV4015300:58:37
Wendy Mcfarlane40021352FV4019100:59:42
Gillian Grant47961852FV506301:02:38
Matthew Gorrie48462956MSen130201:02:54

Great Scottish Run Half Marathon 2015 - October 4 2015

 Position (9202)Gender PositionCategoryCategory PositionTime
Richard Buckland13561216MSen53101:39:32
Miguel Mudarra18461629MSen69501:43:08
Emma Lougheed1968236FV353601:43:55
Stephen Garland38233129MV4536701:54:14
Tracy Lazenby-Paterson3954724FV456601:54:49
Niamh O'Connor4452891FV4013801:57:18
Gina Browse65351894FV4031202:10:36
Loic Beaumatin68724794MV3585302:13:20

Richard Bs – Race Report: Great Scottish Run, Half Marathon, Glasgow This was my first half marathon and a great way to round off a great year of running with ERN. I was feeling quite pleased with myself for surviving the Seven Hills of Edinburgh in June and for keeping up the training through the summer, so fancied a shot at a half marathon in the early autumn. I figured a relatively flat half marathon was an achievable prospect after the Seven Hills! The start of the race is in George Square, so the train to Glasgow Queen Street was the best option for getting there. I had arranged to meet Emma, Miguel and Loic on the train and it was good to travel across as part of a group. Glasgow was chilly and overcast when we arrived and I was in no hurry to strip down to my running gear and put my bag on the bus. I was worried before the day that the baggage drop would be a bit of a faff, but in reality it couldn’t be easier; no queues, loads of space and just around the corner from the runner’s assembly point. We all got a bit cold hanging around for the warm-up to take place, but it was ideal cool, dry and still running conditions, so there was no cause for complaint. I had been warned before the race about an early hill to contend with up St Vincent Street. What I hadn’t appreciated was how close to the start it was – it was able to be viewed in its full glory from the start line. The runner’s assembly area was quite busy, which made some of the moves in the led warm-up a little difficult to execute. But the barriers were funnelled so that everyone could get running over the start line and the first mile or so was very wide, so there was only the odd bump of elbows and scrape of heel to contend with. Plus the immediate hill at St Vincent Street helped to stretch out the field. The route was fantastic, with bits of city, park, riverside and motorway slip road (I mean, how often do you get to run on a motorway slip road?! It was actually quite interesting). The stretch through Pollok Park in particular was lovely with some Highland Coos as spectators it felt quite rural. It isn’t a totally flat course; there are some short and relatively steep climbs, but this all added to the interest. Throughout the race, the support was absolutely brilliant. There were spectators out along most of the route, shouting words of encouragement and clapping us on. Lots of people were even offering out Jelly Babies and I’m sure I saw a lady with homemade lemonade for the runners! The event itself also put on a good show. There were pipers playing at every mile marker, several tents pumping out music, bands playing, which all really helped the atmosphere. There were regular water and sports drink stops on the way. The price for such fabulously frequent refreshment stations was a hefty dose of corporate sponsorship and a strong sense of guilt at all the discarded plastic. I was really pleased with my own race. I started out feeling a bit tired (might have been that hill), but by about mile 4 I felt nicely warmed up and in my stride. Over the 10k split timer I overheard some guys next to me saying 47 mins gone. This was encouraging to me as this beats my (admittedly very outdated) 10k-PB! By about mile 8 I could see the 1hr 40min pacer in my sights and felt like I was running strong. With this being my first half marathon, I didn’t have too many expectations for my finish time. But having overtaken the 1 hr 40 min pacer at around mile 10, this was definitely my target. Around mile 11 I was able to read that it was 12:58 off a bus stop LED display (I was revelling in my role as a Garmin-less low-tech runner), so I calculated I was still just about on track for my target. For the final couple of miles after running over the Clyde Arch, the support was brilliant. Especially the final 200m or so into Glasgow Green where the course narrows and there are spectators packed on both sides. Over the finish line my legs had given it everything and I enjoyed raiding the finisher’s pack for all the calories I could find. A nice salty bag of crisps was particularly welcome. I would have to wait till later to check my time online, but I was feeling optimistic about a sub 1 hr 40 min time and very happy when that proved to be the case.It was really good to see other members of ERN beat their PBs on the day too. As you’d expect from a Glasgow race, the humour from runners and supporters was top drawer. Some of my favourite observations: Supporter: claps and words of encouragement. Runner in response: “why don’t you try running it, pal?!” On a banner: “C’mon Dad, we’re hungry.” On a banner: “You thought they said rum, didn’t you?” All in all it was a fantastic event that I would highly recommend. It is on the pricey side at over £30 to enter, but you do get a really well organised race over a great route with lots of support and entertainment to spur you on. Plus as the ERNers this year demonstrated, it is prime PB territory! Richard Buckland

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  1. Rachel Moir

    Great report Richard!

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